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29 January 2008 Military News

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Jan 2008
  • MAURITANIA-SENEGAL: First refugees returning from Senegal get mixed welcome IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- As Mauritanian refugees started their historic voyage from Senegal today, some Mauritanians said they feared the return would only burden the country and the returnees.
  • UN officials warn of malnutrition threat as Gaza border crossings continue UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- Every border crossing into the Gaza Strip from Israel remains closed, except for the import of fuel supplies, United Nations officials said today, warning that Palestinians face the rising threat of malnutrition if the current lockdown continues.
  • UN agency resumes repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Kenyan camp UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations refugee agency has resumed its repatriation of Sudanese from a camp in the northwest of neighbouring Kenya after the operation had been temporarily suspended because of deadly tribal clashes.
  • First set of Mauritanian refugees return home under UN programme UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- Over 100 Mauritanian refugees, part of a group of 24,000 who fled to neighbouring Senegal over two decades ago, are returning to their home country today under a voluntary repatriation programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency after steps were taken by the governments concerned to address their plight.
  • UN refugee agency needs $90 million more to help internally displaced persons UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is asking donors for more than $90 million to fund the agency's programmes assisting people who have fled within the borders of six conflict-torn countries this year.
  • Morocco, Frente Polisario remain far apart on Western Sahara - Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- Morocco and the Frente Polisario are still far apart on how to provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, despite the two parties' commitment to a process of negotiations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.
  • Kenya: UN reports sharp deterioration in security, humanitarian situation UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- The post-electoral crisis in Kenya has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent days with violence claiming many more lives and hampering relief efforts by United Nations agencies and their partners, further worsening an already dire situation.
  • Abbas, Hamas Due in Cairo for Talks on Gaza Border VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and a delegation from the rival Hamas faction are due in Cairo for talks Wednesday on the future of Gaza's border with Egypt.
  • UN's Somalia Envoy Says Country Faces Deepening Crisis VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- Somalia is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN refugee agency.
  • UN Security Council Abandons Plans for Gaza Statement VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- After five days of consultations on the situation in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. Security Council has ended efforts to adopt a statement on the humanitarian situation there and the security situation in both Gaza and southern Israel
  • UNHCR Appeals for $90 Million for IDPs VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- The U.N. refugee agency is launching a $90 million appeal to assist millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Uganda.
  • EU Peacekeeping Force Chief Warns Chad, CAR Rebels Not to Interfere VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- The commander of the European Union peacekeeping mission to Chad and the Central African Republic has warned rebel groups in the region not to interfere with EU troops.
  • Kenyan Parties Begin Formal Talks as Violence Rages VOA 29 Jan 2008 -- Kenya's feuding political factions have opened talks aimed at resolving the country's political crisis and ending a month of violence that has killed more than 800 people.
  • EGYPT-OPT: Hamas, Egyptians cooperate on Gaza border IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- The Palestinian Islamic group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Egyptian security forces have begun to close the breached Rafah border between Gaza and Egypt, leaving as of 29 January only a couple of small openings in the border fence.
  • DRC: Cautious welcome for Kivu peace deal IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- A peace agreement signed between the government and the various armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including the faction led by dissident general Laurent Nkunda, marks an important step towards restoring peace and stability in the region, according to analysts.
  • CHAD: Ambitious plans to get 90,000 displaced to return home IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- Some local and UN officials in Chad say a pledge by President Idriss Deby that half of the nearly 180,000 displaced people in Chad will return to their villages by July could happen if promises on security are met.
  • DRC: Army kills 10 rebels in Ituri IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- At least 10 rebels have been killed in clashes with government forces in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) region of Ituri, prompting thousands of civilians to take flight, according to military and humanitarian sources.
  • SOMALIA: Kismayo's only hospital closes as aid workers killed IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- Services at the only hospital in Somalia's coastal city of Kismayo, 500km south of the capital Mogadishu, stopped on 29 January, a day after four people - including two foreign aid workers - were killed in a blast, local sources told IRIN.
  • KENYA: Tensions high as Annan-brokered talks begin IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- The "official dialogue process" began on 29 January between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), even as violence that has ravaged the country since late December continued to spread, with the latest casualty a Member of Parliament who was shot dead outside his home in Nairobi, the capital.
  • KENYA: IDP children falling through protection cracks IRIN 29 Jan 2008 -- Violence in the Rift Valley town of Nakuru has seen the numbers of displaced at the town's largest camp skyrocket, but camp officials say it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide security for the IDPs, and children are being particularly affected.
  • EU to approve new mission in Kosovo after Serbia polls RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2008 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday that the EU will sanction the dispatch of a police force to Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo after the country's presidential election.

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  • Security Council voices outrage at latest assassination in Lebanon UN News Centre 29 Jan 2008 -- The Security Council today condemned last Friday's terrorist bombing in Lebanon that took the life of a senior member of the country's Internal Security Forces and also killed and injured several others, pledging to help the Government pursue the case.



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